My F&W
quick save (...)

Best New Chefs

Frank Ruta

2001 Best New Chef Award Profile
Frank Ruta

Why Because his versions of authentic Italian dishes have an unusual and welcome depth of flavor.

Born 1957, McKeesport, PA.

Education American Culinary Federation, Pittsburgh.

Experience The White House and Le Pavillon, Washington, DC.

How he began cooking "My mother had me stirring pasta as soon as I was tall enough to reach the stove."

Things he cooked at the White House Fried chicken for Jimmy Carter; well-done steak for Ronald Reagan; shad roe for George Bush.

How he nearly didn't get the jobPart one: Someone from the White House called and Ruta hung up on him. "I thought it was a joke."

Part two He brought kitchen knives to an audition-interview and was detained for two hours by White House guards. "They looked at me like I was crazy."

Favorite cookbook Roma in Cucina by Luigi Carnacina and Vincenzo Buonassisi.

Pet peeve When chefs tart up classic dishes without renaming them. "It's like going to see Turandot and getting Yellow Submarine instead."

Pastimes Gardening, making wine.

About his recipe Ruta says his Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms "taste like walking through the forest. I fill them with lovage, sorrel, nettles. All the weeds in my backyard."

Won Best New Chef at: Palena, Washington, DC

Restaurants
Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC, United States
(202) 537-9250
2 recipes by Frank Ruta

Download the Best New Chefs Mobile App

Finally the best restaurants and chefs are at your fingertips. Download the Food & Wine Best New Chefs mobile app for the iPhone or for your Google Android phone.

advertisement
You might also like
advertisement
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.